4-7 September, 2019

27th International Food Products & Processing Technologies Exhibition

Tüyap Fair Convention and Congress Center
Istanbul, Turkey


01 May 2018

Turkish food & drink market roundup: May 2018

Restriction removals, new packaging laws, import/export figures and the EU’s thoughts on Turkish food trade are the focus of May’s roundup of Turkey’s food and drink industry news.

Turkish food & drink sector news roundup

Ministry of Agriculture reveals agricultural headline stats
The Turkish Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Livestock has announced the headline stats of the nation’s agricultural output.
According to Ministry Deputy Undersecretary Hasan Ozlu, Turkey produced 30 million tons of agricultural products, including 22 different fruit and vegetable varieties, during 2017.
Of this $12 billion was in imports, while exports totalled $17 billion. As such, Turkey is currently boasting a $5 billion agri-trade balance.
Turkey used to be a net exporter of such goods. Over the past decade, food and drink imports have been rising alongside Turkey’s population. Expect them to keep growing as long as this trend continues.
Russia removes restrictions on Turkish tomatoes
Russia will allow imports of Turkish tomatoes as of May 1 2018, the Russian Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance, Rosselkhoznadzor, said on Friday 27 April.
The agricultural watchdog considers it possible to allow full, unrestricted imports of Turkish tomatoes into Russia at that time. This comes after nearly two years of negotiations after produce from Turkey was banned in Russia in November 2015.
Earlier, 20 Turkish tomato suppliers regained access to the Russian market. Now it is open to all producers that can supply evidence that their sites are free from tomato moth infestation.
The current quota for Turkish tomatoes in Russia is 50,000 tons annually.
EU report sets out European food trade expectations with Turkey
In April, the EU posted its latest report on Turkey, including insights into agricultural trade between Turkey and the world’s largest single market.
The EU Progress Report has highlighted and listed a number of recommendations it wishes Turkey to make in order to boost agricultural trade between the pair. These include:
A strategy for producing agricultural statistics should be adopted
Now that EU meat exports have been expanded to include freshly chilled beef, import quotas should be applied in a correct & transparent way
The “discriminatory” tax on alcohol should be abolished in 2018
It remains to be seen that these are implemented, but if they are, it could provide further market opportunities for further European producers in on the Turkish market.
Up to $4 billion of fruit & vegetables wasted in Turkey annually
Turkey loses up to TL20 billion, roughly $4 billion, a year in fruit and vegetable waste annually, according to Seki Sarbibekir, President of the Packaging Industry Association.
To combat this, a new packaging law has been put in place. Under the “Comminuqué on the Standards to be Observed in Wholesaling and Retail Trade of Vegetables and Fruits”, definitions and standards are changing.
Disposable packaging, which is classified as wood, paper, or paper-based materials, will have to be used as of June 1 2018. Produce will also have to be stored in appropriate storage during transport, meaning plastic boxes and cardboard/corrugated containers.
Measures are already starting to have the desired effect. According to Mr Sarbibekir, shelf lives for fresh fruits have doubled from 7 days to 14 days, thanks to advances in plastic film usage nationwide.